The Nationals shut the Mets out and won 1-0 in two consecutive games. Yesterday afternoon, Doug Fister went 6.1 innings struck out 3 and walked no one. The Nationals definitely had chances to score more than just one run, but Fister and the bullpen managed to make the run stick. Drew Storen had a clean inning that allowed for a drama free end to the game. It's good to see the Nationals start winning games they should win. That being said, they need to do the same thing in this whole series against the Marlins.
David Phelps started his season in the bullpen, but found himself in the rotation by mid-April. His first start didn't last long, likely due to the fact that he was getting stretched out to play deeper into games. His next starts after that saw him go 7 innings, then 6 innings allowing only 2 runs in that time. Phelps has hung around since 2012, his first 3 seasons with the Yankees and starting out this season with the Marlins. He was pretty mediocre with the Yankees in 2013 and 2014 and his career ERA is 4.16. His career K/9 is 7.9, so he has the strikeout touch to go along with it all. Phelps has faced 2 Nationals in 17 plate appearances, which gives us only that Escobar has seen him pretty well in 12 appearances, but nothing more. We'll all be seeing what he can do against the Nationals for the first time.
Phelps vs. Current Nationals
Zimmermann hasn't had the best luck in 2015. He's got a 4.88 ERA, but his FIP sits at 3.16. This tells us his team hasn't played the greatest behind him and that he's been a touch unlucky. Regardless of all this, he's done okay, but maybe hasn't struck out as many guys as he normally does. It's still early in the season, so that can change at any minute. He's managed to keep the walks way down, as is typical of his career and pitching style. He's managed to keep the Marlins at a .644 OPS when he plays this current lineup, so hopefully he'll be able to continue that tonight and get back that game he started against the Marlins on April 24th.
Zimmermann vs. Current Marlins